When I first became a Christian I didn’t think I should bother God with my trivial needs because he was surely too busy running the universe.
I mean, he had to keep Saturn revolving around the Sun, and maintaining the Andromeda Galaxy. What did my trivial needs mean to him?
Then I attended a prayer meeting and the guy next to me was talking to Jesus is if he knew him personally. And the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Because I had never imagined we could approach the God who created the heavens and the galaxies in such a personal way.
But as Jesus revealed himself more and more to me he began to show me that he truly does care about my every need, large and small. Our heavenly Father is a tenderhearted, loving, generous Father who loves to bless his children abundantly. I was amazed to learn what God tells us about himself in Psalm 31:
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! Psalm 31:19
I heard someone put it this way: God has bags and bags of grace he is just waiting to pour out on us.
And God wants us to ask him for anything we need or desire, large or small. He wants to ask him for the salvation of our children and family members. Of course that is huge and there is There is nothing more important than that. But he also wants us to ask him for our daily bread and our smallest needs.
Recently my son asked my wife and me to go with him and his family to the Pittsburgh Pirates final game. We sat high up in the stands directly behind home plate, and well underneath the broadcasters window. Between innings retired Pittsburgh pirate Steve Blass would throw Pittsburgh pirate shirts and hats and memorabilia from the window to the cheering fans below.
We were too far under the window for anything to drop to us so my son took our eight-year-old granddaughter lower in the stands and she was able to catch a Pirate shirt. A couple of innings later Steve was tossing Pirate hats. No hats were dropping anywhere near us. Our granddaughter said “Daddy, I wish I could have a pirate hat.” He couldn’t take her down in the stands at that moment, so I just prayed, “Jesus please let me get a pirate hat.” Immediately a black and yell hat came spinning down and landed right at my feet. Right at my feet! I couldn’t believe it! I picked it up and said, “Honey, Look! Look what Jesus gave us! I just prayed and asked him for a Pirate hat and as soon as I prayed this hat fell right at my feet!”
God answers prayers large and small.
Ask him to help you all day long. Ask him to help you rejoice in the traffic on your way to work. Ask him to help you love that difficult person who comes up and talks to you at that inconvenient moment. Ask him for anything and everything.
If you know me you know that I don’t care for cold weather. And I live in Indiana, Pennsylvania which gets plenty of frigid weather and snow every winter. It was 15 degrees this morning. Well, last year I began to ask Jesus to help me love winter. I’m still asking him and I believe he’s helping me.
Nothing is too large or too small to our God. He told the Israelites:
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10
In other words, God said, “I brought you out of an impossible situation–slavery to Pharaoh and the Egyptians, the most powerful king and nation on earth. If I did that, will I not give you food and drink and anything else you need? Open your mouth wide – ask me for big things – and I will fill it – I will give them to you.”
God wants us to ask him for anything and everything we need. He says in 1 Peter 5:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Did you catch that? “Casting ALL your anxieties on him.” Not some, but all, large or small. And WHY? “Because HE CARES FOR YOU.” The God who created the universe cares for us. He cares more about you and me than he cares about Saturn and Andromeda. Especially if you have believed in Jesus, because when we believe in Jesus God adopts us as his very own children.
We should ask the Lord for help all the time but we forget. Once I was trying to fix a toilet in our home and as I screwed down the last bolt I cracked the toilet. I couldn’t believe it. I would have to get a whole new toilet. My wife, in the other room, heard me exhale a loud “AAAAargh!. “What happened?” she asked. I said “I can’t believe it. I just broke the toilet! Now I have to get a new one.” She asked me “Did you pray before you started?” To which I replied, “No! And I’m not going to!” (I did repent of this later).
I sure am glad God is so patient and forbearing with me. So often I forget to pray before taking on the small tasks of everyday life. Most of the time we remember to pray before big things like surgery or a long trip, but how often we forget to pray for “small” things, like fixing a toilet.
When my son Stephen was a little boy I took him fishing at a friend’s pond. He got a huge catfish on his line. The catfish was about to pull him into the pond. Stephen was fighting with all his six-year-old strength. And I’ll never forget hearing him say, “Help me Jesus, help me Jesus, help me Jesus.” Just like Stephen, I should ask Jesus to help me all day long with anything and everything I need his help with, large or small.
Nothing is too big for God to change. No need too difficult for him to supply. No one is too hard for him to save.
Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; Isaiah 59:1
No one is too hard for the Lord to save. Nothing is too hard for him to do. No need is too large for the Lord to supply.
Ask the Lord to save your children, grandchildren and every one of your descendants. Ask the Lord to heal you, your kids, your friends. Ask the Lord to provide your daily bread. Ask him for anything and everything you desire and need. Trust him. If he doesn’t answer in the way you would like, as hard as it is, trust him that he has something better or a better timing to answer your prayers. I admit, I don’t understand why God has not answered some of my prayers. But all I can do is trust that he is sovereign, loving, wise and good.
Don’t give up. Don’t stop praying. Even if you don’t see your prayers answered. Believe that someday you will reap an answer to your prayers.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6
Often in this life we sow in tears. We pray and see no answers. But God promises that if we keep sowing, even in tears, that someday we will reap with shouts of joy. So keep praying, even when you can’t yet see the harvest. Keep asking the Lord for anything and everything you need.